“The gardening season officially begins on January 1st, and ends on December 31.”
~ Marie Huston
December is with us once again, it only seems a few weeks since we saw her last. The end of the year immediately followed by the start of another, the great cycle of gardening continues.
Gardens will be looking bare although hedges will still be gloriously bronzed and evergreens will be giving structure and interest. Frost will be adding sparkle to seed heads and to any stubborn perennial stems still standing.
Chill, bright days are perfect for the few gardening jobs that need doing this month. An added bonus being that the days are so short you’ll soon be back inside by the warmth of the fire.
- Continue to clear fallen leaves from lawns and from beneath plants. Cram the leaves into bags and punch in a few holes. Then just stack the bags behind the shed (or anywhere else that’s out of sight) and wait for the leaves to turn into valuable leaf mould. So much better than leaving the leaves to provide shelter for slugs and snails.
- If you haven’t already done so, then now is the time to reduce your rose bushes by about a half. This will prevent winter winds from causing damage.
- Plant bare-root trees, shrubs and roses. It’s important to keep them well watered as this will encourage the roots to spread out and establish.
- Soft fruit bushes will be dormant now, the perfect time for planting.
- At this time of year garden birds really need your help. Please ensure they have a constant supply of both food and fresh water. Feeders will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent the spread of disease.
- It’s not too late to plant tulips so fill any empty pots. Come late spring you’ll be so pleased with the resulting blooms.
- Order your seed potatoes so you can start chitting in the New Year. Visit the Suttons website to select from our wide range.
- Winter prune apple and pear trees. Remove any dead or damaged branches and create a nice open shape to allow good airflow. This winter pruning will encourage strong regrowth in spring.
- Still, on the subject of pruning, wisteria will now be ready for a trim. Cut the wispy summer-grown shoots back to 2 or 3 buds.
- If the weather provides zero motivation to venture out then make a brew and peruse the 2021 Sutton’s catalogue or website, planning what to grow next year.
Seeds To Sow
Sowing your onion seeds on Boxing Day is a gardener’s tradition and especially good for those that want to grow exhibition quality onions.
January is also great time to start off your chilies by sowing indoors. A heated propagator is useful, but you can get away with a warm, sunny windowsill.
While there is little to sow at the minute you can look forward to 2021 and pre-order your seeds. Beat the new year rush and secure your favourite seeds today…
Suttons have over 200 years of gardening knowledge and we love sharing our ideas with you. Our fantastic range of vegetable seeds are ideal for growing at home and you can be guaranteed of a high germinating and great tasting harvest.
Whether you are looking to colour coordinate your flower beds or create stunning container displays with the latest flower varieties, our flower seed range has something to quench your thirst for fantastic flower displays.
Gifts For Gardeners
All our online gifts can be delivered directly to a loved one but unsurprisingly, Suttons takes this to another level this year with the introduction of two new ranges that are also beautifully presented, and box wrapped arriving in style at their destination and ready to be unwrapped.
With a level of uncertainty surrounding Christmas this year there maybe limitations on face to face contact and travel and this new gifting concept provides the perfect solution, with five themed letterbox-friendly garden gift sets perfectly sized to post. Plus, a tree-mendous new range of gift-wrapped trees, each presented in its own box and delivered direct to your loved one!
So, if you are preparing for a socially distanced Christmas this year the Suttons Gifts for Gardeners has it covered.
Suttons Christmas Dinner Collection
Amidst the hectic supermarket trips or last-minute Christmas eve food shop, have you ever stopped to consider growing your own? Imagine on Christmas day serving up delicious vegetables that have been picked straight from your garden. Not only would it be a satisfying feeling and taste even better than store-bought produce, but it would also save you money along the way!
From brussels sprouts with pancetta to dreamy roasted parsnips and carrots, dishing up home-grown veg on Christmas day would be quite the achievement.
If you act early and sow slow-growing vegetables in the new year you’ll have them peak in time for next Christmas! Suttons Christmas Dinner Collection is a great collection of seed to grow for Christmas dinner! Made up of seven fantastic vegetable varieties including Brussels Sprout Brodie F1, Cabbage January King, Carrot Autumn King 2, Kale Black Magic, Leek Below Zero, Parsnip Gladiator F1, Sage Seeds.
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